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Mammoth’s Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza promises an incomparable lineup of musical talent and a grand tasting of craft brews from around the country beginning Aug.1 through Aug. 4 outdoors among the pines at Sam’s Wood Site in Mammoth Lakes.
The Friday Night Rock ‘N Blues Kickoff Party (3 p.m. to 10 p.m.) features blazing performances from blues/R&B soul singer Joan Osborne; the dynamic rock ’n soul vibe of Vintage Trouble; seething hot Texas singer-guitarist Carolyn Wonderland; and world renowned rockin’ blues guitarist Gary Hoey.
Saturday’s Bluesapalooza (11:45 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.) features the impassioned down-home soul of JJ Grey & Mofro; feral blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis; tenacious funk-blues jive of Mingo Fishtrap; rockin’ blues guitarist Jimmy Thackery; high-energy gypsy hipsters Diego’s Umbrella; and smoky vocalist/blues pianist Deanna Bogart.
Festival goers can unwind, kick back and relax at Sunday’s Soulful Hangover Party (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) with gospel music legend Mavis Staples; award-winning blues master John Hammond; and R&B soul singer Rube Velle and the Soulphonics.
The festival opens once again on Thursday, Aug. 1, with free admission at the Thursday Night Bluesapalooza Jam Fest, featuring returning Aussie world blues performer Harper & Midwest Kind with special guest The Bald Eagles.
On Saturday, the Mammoth Festival of Beers Grand Tasting (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) features over 70 of the country’s best craft breweries.
Advance tickets are on sale now. Tickets are available online at www.vallitix.com or www.MammothBluesBrewsFest.com; by phone at 888-825-5484; and locally at the Mammoth Brewing Company Tasting Room (walk-in only) at 94 Berner Street in Mammoth Lakes.
For festival updates and additional information, visit the event’s website, www.MammothBluesBrewsFest.com or contact the event hotline, 888-99-BREWS (888) 992-7397.